A Roman marble head of a herm

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Lot 112
A Roman marble head of a herm

Sold for £ 18,000 (US$ 24,667) inc. premium

Antiquities

29 Apr 2009, 11:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A Roman marble head of a herm
Circa 1st Century A.D.
Representing Hermes, the face carved with oval reticulated eyes, drilled nostrils, the recessed mouth with a plump lower lip, the long moustache drooping over the long layered curling beard, the hair dressed in three rows of tight curls framing the face with a diadem behind, 12in (30.5cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Collection of Jacques Schotte (1928-2007), Belgium, 1950s onwards. Accompanied by a black and white photograph of the piece on a postcard, inscribed in pen on the reverse 'Photo de L'Institut d' Archéologie de l'Université de Fribourg De.', implying that this head once belonged to the Collection at the University of Fribourg, Germany. Also accompanied by a small black and white photograph of a parallel example.

    Literature:
    Of classic type cf. G.M.A. Richter, The Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks, (Yale 1970) fig.673, p.182
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